Patrick J. Buchanan's new book "State of Emergency" is in pre-sales. The book is about illegal immigration from Mexico, forthrightly seeking to thrust the conspiracy theory of a Mexican Reconquista of southwestern American states to the center of the debate.
This was a fairly obvious one, really, but I like all pronosticators, I have to blow my horn when I am right, and remain silent when I'm wrong, so as to give you an illusion that I know what the hell I'm talking about. I admit that did get wrong that the Introduction or Forward would be written by Tom Tancredo, however. I said in a post on Randy Graf's ties to the Buchanans and Tancredo in January, "I will predict now that Pat's next book will be about immigration with a forward by Tancredo: or maybe the other way around." I feel like Nostradamus without the wizard hat.
I will now further predict that Buchanan's book will become a staple feature of Graf's campaign. Every chance he gets he'll be hawking it, quoting it, and carrying it around like paranoia Bible. He might even start handing out autographed copies. I wouldn't mind having one; what a great peice of memorabilia of the great immigrant panic of '06.
Think Progress has a great clip of Buchanan talking about his Reconquista fantasy on Imus. The scariest thing to me right now about Buchanan is that I so often agree with him. He is coming out swinging against the Neo-Cons, trashing his own party over Iraq and the Middle East, terrorism policy, Israeli policy, and he even shows a sense of humor about himself. Objectively, Bachanan is an ally of the left and the Democratic party, despite his crazed xenophobia.
If the GOP mainstream wants to poke a stick in Graf's spokes, they should be highlighting his connection to Buchanan and ask Graf if he agrees with Buchanan's views subjects other than immigration. You would see some very frenzied backpedalling then, boyo. If the Dems want to put a bee in Graf's bonnet, they should now be peppering him with questions demanding to know his stance on the Reconquista. Let Mr. Graf try to thread that needle.